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Jewish children’s library program offers pen pal connection

The PJ Library program will let children get to know each other by mail during a time of social distancing.
Published Jun. 10, 2020

With social distancing still is part of the lives of many families because of the coronavirus pandemic, PJ Library, which helps young children learn about Jewish holidays, traditions and values, is introducing a pen pal program.

The Jewish Federation of Florida’s Gulf Coast is offering the PJ Library Pen Pal program to subscribers, who can sign up to be matched with another child subscriber. PJ Library sends Jewish children, ages 6 months to 8 years, a free, age-appropriate book each month.

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The new pen pal program "is for kids to connect, because we can't have in-person events right now," said Alex Sembler, PJ Library community engagement manager.

Parents are being asked to complete a PJ Library Pen Pal Survey so that the best matches can be made. Parents and their children will be introduced by email. Pen pals will send each other letters by regular mail, Sembler said. It means that in addition to receiving their monthly PJ book, children will also receive another personalized envelope.

Children can share such information as their hobbies, neighborhoods, schools, sports and favorite PJ books and authors.

To participate, contact Alex Sembler at asembler@jewishgulfcoast.org, or (954) 579-6276.